17.08.2020 to 28.08.2020 | Side programme

BTHVN 250/16

The tragedy of his creeping hearing loss unites the composer Ludwig van Beethoven with all people with hearing impairments and tinnitus. On his 250th birthday, the artistic installation BTHVN 250/16 draws attention to the fact that this community of fate is considerable. 16 percent of the population suffer from hearing loss and ringing in the ears. Some of what we know about Beethoven is easier to explain when we understand what the loss of hearing means for people.

250 years of Ludwig van Beethoven - For the Association of the Hard of Hearing and Deaf Bonn and Rhein-Sieg-Kreis e.V., the anniversary year of the world-famous Bonn composer is the occasion for a special campaign. The tragedy of his gradual loss of hearing up to deafness is well known. In a letter on June 29, 1801, he reported on his hearing loss with loss of high frequencies and speech intelligibility, tinnitus, distortion and hypersensitivity to sound. It is less well known that Beethoven could probably have been partially helped with today's medical and technical means: initially with hearing aids, later probably with inner ear implants.

In the installation BTHVN 250/16 you see 250 rabbits. With their large ears, they stand for particularly good hearing ability. Rabbits perceive ten times quieter sounds than we humans. If you look closely at the scene, you will count 210 white rabbits with undamaged ears and 40 red rabbits with damaged ears. This is equivalent to 16% of the total population having hearing problems of various kinds.

These hearing problems are associated with individual suffering and fates that are often difficult for people with healthy hearing to comprehend. Hearing loss and tinnitus not only leads to limitations in communicating with other people. They also drain the strength and nerves of those affected. Often people with hearing impairment withdraw from their fellow human beings and fall into social isolation, which further intensifies their suffering.

Anyone who takes a close look at Beethoven's life will find that he, too, has had precisely these experiences of hiding, withdrawal, loss and exclusion. With this exhibition, the Association of the Hard of Hearing would also like to contribute to the understanding of Beethoven's person in a special way.

No question: Beethoven was one of us.


Rathaus Stadt Troisdorf
Kölner Straße 176
53840 Troisdorf

Admission prices

The entrance is free of charge.

Ticket information

The exhibition is accessible during the regular opening hours of the town hall:

Mon 7:30-12:30 and 13:30-19

Tue/Thu/Fr 7:30-12:30

Please bring your own mouth/nose protection and report it to the security staff!


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Travelling to the venue

y car: B59, exit Troisdorf, Sieglarer Straße towards the city Parking at the parking lot of the city hall Sieglarer Straße (next to the city hall) or in the parking garage at the city hall

by public transport: by train: S-Bahn lines 12 and 13, RE 8 and 9, RB 27, from Troisdorf station approx. 5 minutes on foot Bus lines: 501(/164), 503, 507, 508 and 551 ( VRS)
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